Irish Fashion through We are Islanders and the stories behind

Giorgiana Marinela Urdea

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We are Islanders studio – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders studio – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

I believe in style before fashion, things that last forever, rather then a season.

 – Rosie O’Reilly,  Creative Director of We are Islanders and Re-dress and visual artist

 

We are Islanders studio – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders studio – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

 

We are Islanders studio – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

 

 

We are Islanders studio – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders studio – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

Stories are very important for me, the story of a brand, something to believe in.

 – Rosie O’Reilly,  Creative Director of We are Islanders and Re-dress and visual artist

We are Islanders studio – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders studio – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

Irish fabrics are amazing. Salmon leather is an unusual fabric that I use a lot. Also, there is an amazing silk out of dairy waste.

 – Rosie O’Reilly,  Creative Director of We are Islanders and Re-dress and visual artist

 

 

We are Islanders studio – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders studio – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

 

We are Islanders studio – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders studio – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

We mostly focus on silhouettes and textures rather then color.  We had a monochrome palette, but now we developed the printing so it is allowing us to add our own color.

 – Rosie O’Reilly,  Creative Director of We are Islanders and Re-dress and visual artist

 

 

We are Islanders studio – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders studio – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

I believe in innovation in resources, a food waste can be turned in to a beautiful product and translated into fashion industry.

 – Rosie O’Reilly,  Creative Director of We are Islanders and Re-dress and visual artist

 

We are Islanders collection – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders collection – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

 

We are Islanders collection – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders collection – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

About the hand painted collection, every piece has a mark, no piece is the same, that is another part of the brand. We do create these one of wearable art pieces. every garment has a different story.

 – Rosie O’Reilly,  Creative Director of We are Islanders and Re-dress and visual artist

 

 

We are Islanders collection – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders collection – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

 

We are Islanders collection – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders collection – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

 

We are Islanders collection – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders collection – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

 

We are Islanders collection – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders collection – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

We produce transeasonal  collections (when you buy something in spring, summer that can translate in autumn, winter). There are links between spring, summer, autumn, winter, so you can build up the collection. There are links between the stories.

 – Rosie O’Reilly,  Creative Director of We are Islanders and Re-dress and visual artist

 

We are Islanders collection – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders collection – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

 

We are Islanders collection – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders collection – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

 

We are Islanders collection – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders collection – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

 

We are Islanders collection – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders collection – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

 

We are Islanders collection – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders collection – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

Over the last two years, every award that was given in the biggest colleges in the UK went to Irish designers. So, Irish design is really, really vibrant, but now it is up to Irish government to support the network here and really incubate the industry here. If they don’t do that, it will be a big section of Irish design lost.

 – Rosie O’Reilly,  Creative Director of We are Islanders and Re-dress and visual artist

 

 

We are Islanders collection – photocredit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea
We are Islanders collection – photo credit Marinela Giorgiana Urdea

As an Irish designer, I try to look at innovation as a way of moving into future and contemporary Irish label.

 – Rosie O’Reilly,  Creative Director of We are Islanders and Re-dress and visual artist

 

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Giorgiana Marinela Urdea

Journalist